GORHAM – One of the footholds for local art and framing in the North Country, Gateway Gallery of Exchange Street in Gorham is marking its ten year anniversary this summer.
Owner, Carla Lapierre, specializes in framing virtually any project by hand, while also selling framed selections from local artists, past and present.
Gateway Gallery also includes antique postcards, paintings, and other art pieces in beautifully crafted frames.
Some of the local art includes past legends like Guy Shorey and Winston Pote alongside well known and aspiring local artists.
“I wish I had room to display more local work,” said Lapierre.
Customers can pick through mini -frames Lapierre has constructed from recycled moldings and scraps.
Gateway Gallery offers a variety of art, while also offering one of kind eclectic gifts.
When asked to describe what kept her moving forward over the last ten years, she responded with: “Passion."
Lapierre commented on this anniversary and the perseverance involved.
“It’s been a struggle. Standard wisdom says that it takes five years to get established for full income. Because of the economic bumps we've been through, I figure I'm in my ‘second’ fifth year. It’s been tough, but I really enjoy helping people find their own solution to their framing questions."
Lapierre officially started her art career as a cartographer in Chicago, then moved back east and became a photographer.
She also taught print processing in a rental studio, which lead to helping students frame their work.
She then moved to the North Country and worked several jobs including working for another framer, all the while continuing with photography.
“There’s a great sense of community in the north country. I am continually learning from everyone who enters the gallery. I try to remember I'm here because I can stand on the shoulders of those who came before," said Lapierre.
Gateway Gallery is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Gateway Gallery also allows customers to call during regular hours and schedule appointments at (603) 466-9900.
To find out more about the business, customers can also look up www.GatewayGallery.biz and/or can "Like" the business on Facebook.